With her trademark smile and effervescent energy, creativity, and passion, this designer is known by many. Some people call her Design Lotus, while others refer to her as the mayor of the Minted forum who coined the term “Minties.” We simply know her as Amy, the rock star designer and mom of three who has shown over and over again that she is a force to be reckoned with. Fair warning: As if it weren’t enough that she is tirelessly enthusiastic, generous with her knowledge and opinions, and always hilarious, her kids are really, really adorable. Keep reading to see for yourself.
Amy + Gavin
Everyone who encounters your energy and spirit must wonder: How on earth do you juggle three children and a bustling design career?
Bustling design career? Are you talking to me? Distractions are my life right now and Minted is my joyous outlet. When everyone is finally fed, clothed, and happy… it’s mommy’s time to “play!” It’s usually not until after the kids are fast asleep that I am REALLY able to think and/or brainstorm.
"Melonball" from the Be Mine Valentine Challenge
"Chef's Notes" from the Keep In Touch Good Housekeeping Challenge
How did you get your start in graphic design?
I stumbled into it while I was working as a training/event coordinator. I took some initiative to create some name badges, table tents, and signage for several training events. They were a hit with the client, and hence, launched my career in the design field. I discovered Lynda Weinman’s H.O.T. books, which were fantastic, and I’ve been hooked on her training material ever since. In fact, I have learned every software I know through lynda.com.
Where did the name “design lotus” come from?
The lotus flower has many layers and petals as do my design aesthetics. Also lotus tattoos are meant to represent life, new beginnings and the possibility of people growing to change into something of beauty. I would like to believe I can do the same for my clients through design – by taking something from a murky/chaotic start and transforming it into something to celebrate.
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